Taught course

Epistemology, Mind and Language (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · Philosophy Department

Entry requirements

A good first degree in philosophy: a UK upper second class honours degree or its equivalent (or the equivalent level of pass in the SASP Conversion Diploma).

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP), taught by staff from both the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. It focuses on topics within epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. Classes are available which cover normativity, intentionality, representation, consciousness, rules, thought, and reason and rationality.


  • Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report.
  • A range of modules are available with a specific focus on epistemology, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language.
  • Supervisors at both St Andrews and Stirling are available to oversee the MLitt dissertation.

Teaching format

The MLitt degree requires two semesters of full-time (or four semesters part-time) coursework, normally equivalent to four modules. Each module has a minimum contact time of 12 hours.

The modules are taught as small group discussion seminars, with an average size of four to eight students in each group. Additionally, there may be class trips where relevant for the taught modules.

The assessment for the taught modules is based on coursework including:

  • book reviews
  • annotated bibliographies
  • visual analysis and object analysis essays
  • reading journals
  • research papers.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Part-time studies

The MLitt in Epistemology, Mind and Language can also be taken as a part-time programme. Students will be expected to take three modules per year over two years, working on the dissertation over two summers. For more information about part time study, please contact the SASP secretary by emailing sasp@st-andrews.ac.uk.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,000 Overseas: £18,480

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2487